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A resurgent and reinvented Brian Wilson

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When Brian Wilson was signed, I didn’t like it much. His velocity was reported to be anywhere from 87-90 mph, he only had a month to make an impact coming off Tommy John surgery, and he was a veteran, so the team would inevitably give him preference for the playoff roster over a potentially more deserving candidate. Now? Now there’s ... Read More »

Matt Kemp & Don Mattingly confirm Kemp’s batting stance changes, results solid thus far

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I recently wrote about an observation I had regarding Matt Kemp‘s change in hitting setup, but I didn’t actually know if this was a conscious move or not on his part. Heck, some people thought me and the others were just imagining Kemp’s change. However, now the adjustments have been confirmed by the man himself and coaches as well, so ... Read More »

Juan Uribe, 2013 Gold Glove winner?

During yesterday’s game against the Diamondbacks, Ben Badler of Baseball America commented about the defense of Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe. Juan Uribe doesn't get enough credit for his defense. Legitimate gold glove candidate. — Ben Badler (@BenBadler) September 10, 2013 My NL gold glove at third base would go to Nolan Arenado or Uribe. Would bet it ends up ... Read More »

Dodgers September roster expansion probabilities: Van Slyke, Withrow, Butera, and friends

Tomorrow is the day the Dodgers have been awaiting for a month now: the day rosters expand. The bullpen doesn’t currently consist of Brian Wilson, Brandon League, Carlos Marmol, and Edinson Volquez because they’re the best the organization has, but rather because they have upside and the team wants another month to evaluate them for the postseason roster and 2014. ... Read More »

What should we expect to get from Brian Wilson?

Reliever Brian Wilson is already with the Dodgers in Philadelphia, and it’s widely expected that he’ll be activated as soon as today, so it’s worth taking a look at what fans should realistically expect from him going forward. In four rehab appearances between A+ and AAA, Wilson has pitched four and a third innings, struck out three, walked none, and ... Read More »

Where do Yasiel Puig & Hyun Jin Ryu stand in the 2013 Rookie Of The Year chase?

After yesterday’s seven-inning, no-run (earned, at least) gem against the Cardinals dropped Hyun Jin Ryu‘s ERA below 3.00, it got me thinking about Don Mattingly‘s recent comments that he was underrated in the Rookie Of The Year chase. As far as Ryu’s rookie-of-the-year candidacy, it has the backing of Manager Don Mattingly. “I think he should be considered,” Mattingly said. ... Read More »

Dodgers were close to firing Mattingly, creating a horrid narrative, and imploding blogosphere

Yesterday, in a bit of candidness, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted to the press that he was on the verge of being fired earlier in the season, and that he knew that because he was told so directly by president Stan Kasten. “[Team president Stan Kasten] was really honest, because I think he didn’t want to do anything, but he ... Read More »

On Yasiel Puig & Luis Gonzalez, being a teammate, loving fans, and sucking up to the media

The national media built Yasiel Puig up into an overnight sensation, and as with most things that get hyped to high heaven in America, the next phase was tearing him down. Suffice to say, that phase is currently underway. Both the good and bad narratives are created for a reason: money. Excitement leads to constant page views and eyes glued ... Read More »